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From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

Activity provider: WEIßE FLOTTE SACHSEN GmbH
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 27.52 per person

Explore Dresden's surroundings from the water on a paddle steamer cruise. See the 4 famous Elbe castles + the bizarre rock formations while cruising through the Saxon Switzerland mountain range.

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Duration 3 - 8.5 hours
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Host or greeter
English, German
Audio guide included
German, English


  • Take a cruise along the Dresden Elbe Valley
  • Experience the Canaletto view and admire the Elbe castles
  • Admire the impressive Bastei rock formation in Rathen
  • Take a look at the world-famous Königstein Fortress in Königstein
Full description
Witness the versatility of „Dresden Elbe” and the Saxon Switzerland with a cruise between Dresden and Königstein. From bizarrely shaped rock formations via opulent wine-growing districts and fascinating baroque palaces through to the unique skyline of Dresden. Only the city center of Dresden, with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Brühl´s Terrace, presents priceless views. Above that, you can discover the three beautiful Elbe castles and the Pillnitz Palace and Park along the riverbanks of the Elbe while driving.  In Saxon Switzerland await the cities Pirna, Stadt Wehlen and Kurort Rathen and also Königstein to be spotted. Here you can admire the world-famous “Festung Königstein”, which is 250 meters high and looks back at a history of more than 700 years. This tour offers different options for traveling, like a round trip or single trips with start in Dresden or Königstein. Please check the several journey times.
  • Round trip Dresden - Königstein - Dresden or single trip (depending on the option booked)
  • Entrance fee for Königstein
  • Food and drinks on board
  • Approach and departure to the landing stage
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Student card
  • Disability card

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Student or disability ID card must be presented on the day if applicable to your booking
  • In case of extremely high or low water levels, the timetable may change or certain trips may be canceled
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 302 reviews

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A highlight, with a paddle steamer through a beautiful landscape. To the right and left of the Elbe, pretty little towns and then the passage through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - simply gigantic, beautiful and, thanks to good weather, an absolute highlight. Very good explanations during the journey, we were in Dresden for the first time and received a lot of interesting information during the journey. The care was very good, very friendly staff, the weather was autumnal but partly sunny, so that we could sit outside for almost the whole tour and just enjoy the day. All in all, a wonderful day and crowned by a short beautiful rainbow at the end before the end of the tour. The trip with the "Pillnitz" will remain unforgettable

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October 9, 2020

An actually relaxed boat tour with great views and interesting information. Hardly anyone obeyed the corona rules, so strangers without a mask also had to sit close to each other. The hospitality was friendly and professional, of course no special food and also not really cheap, but you don't expect that there either. However, we would not recommend a full-day tour, but rather to get off at the Königstein Fortress, to visit it there, which you would otherwise not be able to do, and to take the train back to Dresden. It is also advisable to exchange the voucher for a ticket the day before if possible, because the queue at the cash desk was very long on the same day and the one at the ship even longer.

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September 17, 2020

Good tour

A good tour that you can definitely book. However, we have already disembarked in Rathen and walked to the bastion. On the one hand, this was due to the fact that it is not a real tour, as we expected, but simply the ticket for the steamship. Due to the lack of "instructions / guidance", we hastily disembarked in Rathen. The ticket for the ship can be bought for the same price directly on the ship or in the ticket shop on the Brühl terraces. Also the information at getyourguide that the tour is booked up quickly quickly was very misleading. On our "fully booked" tour we were almost alone on board. In this case, it is worth asking the ticket shop. In the end, we were out from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. You could really see a lot from the ship and all in all it was a great discovery tour.

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July 2, 2018

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